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There are many things I wasn’t prepared for when I started college. I never knew how to deal with a roommate, or how far it’d actually take me to walk to the Union. The one which has caused the most grief, however, is learning how to share the laundry room and proper laundry room etiquette.

The laundry room is one of the most important rooms in a dorm building and provides a spot for students to wash away the smells and grime they collected since their last visit. It’s also a source of frustration.

To help each other out, here are a few tips.

  1. Limit the amount of machines you use.There are a limited amount of washers and dryers to begin with, and oftentimes at least one of each is broken.. If you have multiple loads, it’ll take longer, but you won’t be holding the rest of us up.

  2. Don’t leave your laundry there all day or suffer the consequences. Because there are so few machines, you need to set a timer for how long your wash is going to take. If you take longer than 10 minutes to come down and switch your underwear from the washer to dryer, don’t be angry when I move them to the top of the machine so I can clean my nasty undergarments.

  3. Clean out the lint catch. It’s a fire hazard and seriously takes less than five seconds to do. Plus, I find it helps remove static too.

  4. Don’t trust the app. I know there is a mysterious app the University promotes about telling you if all the washers are being used and when your laundry is done. I’ve never been able to find it and my friends who have found it, complain it doesn’t work.

We all have to share the laundry room, so let’s try to make it less of a pain than it already is.

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